IPL 2019: Consecutive Losses Hurt RCB, Says Kohli 

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Bengaluru: Losing half a dozen matches at a stretch did hurt his team but Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli said the players have now decided to just enjoy the game and not take any pressure.

RCB beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in an IPL encounter on Wednesday night here to keep slim chances of making the IPL play-offs alive. "The only focus was to play well as a team. Losing six in a row really hurt us.

Literally no one in the team has been part of such a streak. So we just refreshed, thought about just enjoying ourselves and the important thing now is not to take on any pressure," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

RCB have won four out of their last five games and there is an outside chance of their play-off qualification if they can win the remaining three games. Man of the Match AB de Villiers, who scored an unbeaten 82 off 44, credited RCB bowlers for winning the match for the team.

Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin said his team failed to deal with the pressure moments.

KXIP have lost four out of their last five matches but Ashwin insisted that one win can change the course and his side can also get on a roll just like RCB.

"We've held on to the same batting order through the tournament. Giving players a chance. It's really important to back the players. We were always in the game. We haven't been outplayed by any opposition," Ashwin said.

"The one area we need to work on is Powerplay bowling and the death others. It's time the bowlers stood up there," the Kings XI Punjab skipper added. (PTI)

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